The Center for Online Learning, Teaching and Technology

UTPA Supported Software

Below is a list of resources available for UTPA supported software specific to teaching and learning online.


Additionally, The Tools of the Trade: Professional Development Series courses are available to all UTPA faculty and staff. Courses available include Camtasia, Blackboard Collaborate, ConnectYard, Respondus, SoftChalk, Tegrity, and Turning Technologies.



The Tools of the Trade: Professional Development Series courses are available for self-enrollment.


View the How to Self-Enroll in Tools of the Trade Courses



Blackboard Connect

Blackboard Connect for Learn is a powerful capability in Blackboard that lets faculty send text and text-to-voice messages to students right from the learning management system. 99.8% of students have mobile phones and text is their preferred method of communicating! So reach out to students today using Blackboard to foster student engagement and help retain at-risk students.

Here is a video which will show faculty how to set it up.


Blackboard Connect Set-Up Video


Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate is all about helping create virtual classrooms, offices and meeting spaces that open more possibilities to more students, wherever they are. Collaborate offers an exciting new approaches to learning while involving each student on an individual level.

Blackboard Website 

Various Blackboard Learn Handouts

Video Tutorials

Best Practices



ConnectYard Website




Creating quizzes and exams is often a time consuming task, but Respondus takes much of the difficulty out of it. With Respondus, instructors can import test questions from a word document, and the software program will convert the document to a format that is ready to upload to Blackboard- no more copy and pasting.

Respondus Website


Video Tutorials

Download Respondus 4.0


SafeAssign is a plagiarism prevention service, offered by Blackboard to its Blackboard Learning System Enterprise, Vista Enterprise and CE Enterprise clients. This service helps educators prevent plagiarism by detecting unoriginal content in student papers. In addition to acting as a plagiarism deterrent, it also has features designed to aid in educating students about plagiarism and importance of proper attribution of any borrowed content.

SafeAssign Website


Download Manual (Site for Students & Instructors)


Create, customize and personalize content by mashing up your own materials with rich media, interactive exercises, quizzes and text. The combination of personalized content, embedded assessment, interactivity, and immediate student feedback increases student engagement and improves learning outcomes.

Sofchalk Website

PDF File

Video Tutorials 

Download SoftChalk


Tegrity Campus records class time and course content for students to watch live, or review on-demand.

Tegrity Website

Help for Instructors

Turning Point

TurningPoint audience response system integrates 100% into Microsoft PowerPoint and allows audiences and students to participate in presentations or lectures by submitting responses to interactive questions using a ResponseCard keypad or other hand-held/computer devices. Engage participants, assess learning, gather data, or enhance presentations with TurningPoint.

Turning Point Website

Training Materials (Videos, Handouts, Instructor Led Online Classes)